It’s always an ideal time to think about mold and moisture prevention. This topic will always be relevant in many aspects of life. It may be cold and snowy this week, but spring is right around the corner. If you’re like us, you’re staying warm, thinking about all the exciting things you want to do around your home and yard this spring. While making your to-do list, don’t forget about maintenance for your fence, especially in our area where moisture is a fact of life. You should do year-round fence maintenance tasks for your wooden fence to keep it looking great and protect it from the damaging effects of mold and mildew. Read on for some great tips to keep your residential fence at its best.
Constantly Check For Damage Around Your Wooden Fence
Take time each spring to check your wood fence for damage. Look for areas where moisture has started to rot the wood and any splintering pieces. Anything that is beginning to rot or split will need to be replaced. If the posts have damage, it may be a good idea to have a professional do the repairs. Ensure that you check all hinges, latches, or metal components for rust and the surfaces for mold and mildew. Finally, remember, if you have any severe storms during other parts of the year, you should do damage checks after them too.
Remove Mold Growth Every Season
It is easy to remove if you’re diligent about spotting mold early. The mold that has yet to settle is usually easily scrubbed off with water. If water isn’t enough, use a little dish soap, and if that doesn’t work, you can try vinegar or a bleach solution (just don’t let it get on the plants around the fence). If all other methods don’t work to your advantage, you could try a pressure washer, but be cautious with it – you could seriously damage your fence.
Decrease Moisture In The Winter
While our area has wet weather just about every season, ensuring that your fence’s waterproofing elements are sound before winter is imperative. You can do this in the fall, though if you have a nice long dry stretch (that’s not too hot) in the summer, you could do it instead. Start by examining the fence areas where the paint or sealed surface is wearing off. If your fence is painted and the paint is bubbling or chipping, you must scrape and repaint it.
If the fence is stained and sealed, any darker discolored areas indicate that the moisture is seeping in. Wait till the fence is completely dry and re-stain or re-seal the fence. Finally, once the leaves have fallen, ensure you rake them away from the fence so they can’t trap moisture against the wood.
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